Vase hero may miss historic last 16 clash

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The man who fired Hadleigh United into the fifth round of the FA Vase for just the second time in their history is an injury doubt for the Brettsiders.

Marcus Josiah, who struck United’s fourth-round winner after just 88 seconds at AFC Emley on Saturday, limped off with a groin problem during the second half.

That means he could miss Saturday’s last 16 tie at Spartan South Midlands League outfit Ampthill Town as Hadleigh bid to move within two wins of a trip to Wembley.

“I’m buzzing that I got the goal to help the team go through to the last 16,” said Josiah, who also struck early in Hadleigh’s third-round win at home to Oxhey Jets.

The former Whitton United player will have treatment in the build-up to Saturday’s match in the hope he will be fit, especially with doubts over the fitness of fellow midfielders Scott Chaplin (hamstring) and James Evans (knee).

Danny Bloomfield will be available though after signing too late from Needham Market to play a part in the Emley match, while Matt Downing and Oliver Brown could also return to the side.

One player who will again be integral to the Brettsiders’ chances will be centre-half Mark Goldfinch, who put in a man-of-the-match display against Emley on Saturday.

The ex-Leiston defender said: “We didn’t play as well as we have done, but sometimes you have to put your backs against the wall and defend well.”